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Marine Energy Wales launches its 2020 highlights report to set the scene for the Annual Marine Energy Wales conference this week

Ahead of this year’s Annual Marine Energy Wales Conference 2021, Marine Energy Wales (MEW) has launched its “2020 highlights and reflections report”. The report, a month by month walk through, is...

Main contractor announced for major Wind Street improvements

South Wales contractor Griffiths is to undertake Swansea Council’s work to make the city centre Wind Street a more family-friendly environment. The well respected firm was selected by the council in...

Developers eager to bring top class public facilities to prime site

Developers want to bring top class new public facilities to an under-used seafront site. Property consultants working on behalf of Swansea Council have had a number of promising enquiries proposing...

Marine Energy Test Area secures Marine License

META, Wales’ national marine test centre, has obtained its Marine License for Phase 2 of the project from Natural Resources Wales (NRW). This marks a significant step forward for the project,...

The Queens Hall in Narberth have announced a top-quality live music line up for Spring to be enjoyed exclusively from the comfort of your own home

With pubs, clubs and music venues across Wales remaining closed, The Queens Hall in Narberth are spreading a little bit of aural relief across the county for those missing the magic of live music...

New Wellness Centre set for city’s high street

A new state-of-the-art Wellness Centre is coming to Swansea’s High Street thanks to a partnership between Swansea Bay University Health Board and Coastal Housing Group. The project will be delivered...

Dean’s business helps community fight the Pandemic

Serving his local community throughout the lockdown has been a challenge, but a rewarding one, says Dean Waters. The former chef, who launched Fresh and Fine Foods in Glynneath last March, is...

Llanelli Shared Vision Meeting

This meeting was organised by South West Wales Connected, the new community rail partnership hosted by 4theRegion & Transport for Wales. Our role is then to support, facilitate and and help to take forward the ideas that emerge from these conversations, so that things start happening on the ground.

New active travel route on way for Neath

Neath Port Talbot Council has appointed a contractor to start work on the creation of a new Active Travel route between Neath and Tonna. The route will take users alongside the towpath from Bridge...

Swansea schools welcome in a solar-powered New Year!

Two more Swansea schools have completed large solar panel installs with Egni Co-op. A 100kW system was fitted on Morriston Comprehensive just before Christmas, and another 100kW has been completed...

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23. Empowering Young People with Bethany Roberts

23. Empowering Young People with Bethany Roberts

Today we’re speaking to Bethany Roberts, an inspiring young woman and the Learner Voice Coordinator at Pembrokeshire College. Bethany has been passionate about getting involved in local projects and volunteering since the age of 11 and using her voice to ensure that young people are involved with and heard by decision makers in the region.

22. Starting Up In The Region

22. Starting Up In The Region

Here at 4theRegion we’ve already been bringing together regional businesses, community groups and change-makers across South West Wales. As a region we need to do what we can to support start ups and entrepreneurs and encourage them to stay. We speak to a number of enterprising individuals and organisations in the region.


Buy Regional

If businesses and organisations in this region buy more from each other, we can keep more wealth here in South West Wales, develop our supply chain, and create more opportunities for people and local businesses.

Destination & Transport

Tourism is a key economic driver for the region.  An integrated, sustainable travel network is essential to prosperity and well-being.  We want to help partners collaborate better across the region to develop both.

Development & Investment

Regeneration is something we should all do together.  How can we ensure that major regional projects are designed and delivered in a way that provides economic and social benefits for the region over the long term?

Well-being Region

In a fast changing world, we think the well-being economy will be the battleground of the next 10 years, and successful places will be those that build prosperity by prioritising people, health, quality of life, the environment and equality.

Circular Economy

A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. We must move away from our linear economy (make, use, dispose), closing the loop to conserve resources and ensure long term sustainability.

Creative Economy

The creative economy is everything that relates to human creativity and ideas, IP, knowledge and technology. How can we support more creativity and innovation across our economy?


Cherry tree gift brings new cheer to city parks

Cherry tree gift brings new cheer to city parks

Visitors to two Swansea parks are enjoying the spectacular sight of 100 new cherry blossom trees. They are gifts to the city from a project linked with the 2019-20 Japan-UK Seasons of Culture which is being celebrated here and in the Land...

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